Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Good carb vs. bad carb


Never has one word brought so many conflicting thoughts to my mind: sugar-simple-energy-processed-calories-bread-complex, no-NO-NOOOOOO! But, no matter how much negativity is associated with carbohydrates, perhaps brought on by certain commercial diets, you do need carbs to maintain an overall healthy diet. Choosing the right carb is key to successful wellness.

Complex carbs include fruits, vegetables, beans, seeds/nuts and whole grains. These foods are not typically processed, so they are high in vitamins and minerals. These foods are high in fiber, keeping you fuller longer and providing you with a slow release of energy. Complex carbs foods are great options if you are trying to lose weight or manage hunger - GOOD CARBS!

Simple carbs are easily spotted - they are processed foods that provide little or no nutritional value because of the high fat and calorie content. Because they are difficult to digest, you'll feel an energy spike, then crash. Examples are candy, soda or baked goods made with refined flour - BAD CARBS!

Stick with the GOOD CARBS! Check out www.mypyramid.gov - it's a great resource to help you determine the portion of good carbs you should have per day.

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